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Edward Reifsnyder

If I Could Have a Conversation with Elder Ted Wilson…

Elder Wilson, since your proposal for creating discipline regarding policy violations has been referred back, having been rejected in its current form, I want to share my thoughts about your role for the future in this long-running saga.

Unity? Policy? Flexibility? Where’s the Sweet Spot?

So, we have a situation.

In essence, the GC says, “Ordaining women is against policy. You must stop and conform.” The unions say, “By Church policy, ordination decisions are within our purview, and our constituents think ordaining women is the right thing to do as we pursue mission where we live.”

This is complicated stuff involving multiple factors. Policy. Church governance. Church legal structure. Authority. Power. Control. Maybe even personal feelings.

The Camel, the Trojan Horse, and the Other Shoe

In every organization’s history there are inflection points where its future trajectory is in question. I suggest we are at one of those points in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  

Spencerville Sabbath Worship and the Unity Discussions: Two Different Planets

On Sabbath (October 29), I attended church at the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Maryland.  The day before, I attended the North American Division Year-end Meeting in the General Conference building.  The two spaces are just a few miles apart as the crow flies. I might as well have been on two different planets. 

Viewpoint: The Real Threat to Adventism is Biblical Literalism

5:45am.  Half awake in an airport, I scanned the New York Times headlines (August 14) on my iPhone.  The very first headline caught my eye: ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape. I woke up. 

A 12-year-old girl describes how an Islamic State fighter would pray before and after raping her. “I kept telling him it hurts–please stop. He told me that according to Islam, he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. “He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God.” 

Viewpoint: Time to Change Adventist Education's Eggs-In-One-Basket-Approach

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a myopic, lopsided, failing strategy for the discipleship of its children and youth. While we have made an all-the-eggs-in-the-basket commitment to this strategy, it falls far, far short of being successful.

I read a book on the World War I Battle of the Somme a few years ago. The British launched the Somme offensive on July 1, 1916, sustaining 60,000 casualties on the first day, the worst single day in the history of the British army. 

11:59 and Ticking

Decades ago, evangelists, preachers and Bible teachers loved to assert that the clock of this earth’s time was past 11:59pm and that time was very, very short for probation to end and Jesus to return.  The second hand on the clock was described as positioned at just seconds to midnight.  

Viewpoint: Remnant Redux

An article by Ted N.C.

Thinking About Unity

On August 7, a news note was posted on the Adventist Review website under the banner Church Leaders Issue “An Appeal for Oneness in Christ.”  The appeal is in response to the recent vote of the Columbia Union Conference regarding women in ministry.

The appeal includes the following language: 

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